Guest Artists

Chantel Aguirre grew up in Santa Cruz, CA, where she began training at a very young age at her mom’s dance studio.  By the age of 14 she was accepted to San Francisco Ballet School, where she trained for the next four years as well as being a company member of The Dance Company of San Francisco directed by Chris Jacobsen and Sonya Tayeh. After high school, she moved to Manhattan and studied at New York University in the Tisch Dance Department.  After a year and a half as a student at NYU, Chantel was offered many jobs that could not be turned down.  She took a leave of absence, and had the opportunity of dancing in the United Arab Emirates, in the city of Dubai , performing in the Mid Eastern International Film Festival. In New York City, commercially she performed in the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with Taylor Swift, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Sean Kingston Music Video and numerous industrials.  Her company experience includes, Soulescape Dance Company, directed by Justin Giles, Tayeh Dance directed by Sonya Tayeh, and performances with Cedar Lake Dance Company and San Francisco Ballet directed by Helgi Tomasson.  Work has currently moved Chantel to LA where she has performed in the 2010 Academy Awards with LXD, appeared numerous times on Dancing with the Stars dancing with Adele, The Goo Goo Dolls and numerous works with Travis Wall. 2010 MTV Video Music Awards with Florence and the Machine, choreographed by Travis Wall, MACY’s Passport Show, choreographed by Tony Testa, Travis Wall and Tovaris Wilson, Directed by Brian Friedman.   She has also appeared in the new Christina Perri, ‘Jar of Hearts’ music video choreographed by Stacey Tookey, Lucy Schwartz’ Graveyard music video choreographed by Sonya Tayeh, Steed Lords’ new music video ‘123 If You Want Me’ and appeared in the new Panic at the Disco short film as the lead dancer/actress.  Chantel has assisted Sonya Tayeh, and Travis Wall this past season on So You Think You Can Dance and is currently traveling the country as a demonstrator for NUVO Dance Convention. Bobby Newberry is renowned for his talent, innovation and drive in the dance industry. He paves the way with his inventive choreography and is in constant demand to teach master classes worldwide, including Europe and Asia. His credits include Pussycat Dolls, Girlicious, Missy Elliott, Kelis, Pink, Eminem, Jody Watley, Eva Longoria for Bebe, Strawberry Blonde, Aaron Kwok, Jenie Tracy, Flava, Taylor Dane, and many others. Bobby's choreographic ingenuity continues to fire on all cylinders as he continues to challenge himself and his students here and abroad!   Alexa Anderson has most recently been seen on Travis Wall's new show "All the Right Moves" and in his new company "Shaping Sound" which is up for an Emmy.  Alexa also made it through the top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance this season.  In 2008, she was featured in DanceSpirit Magazine as a young up and comer, and in 2010 she was featured on the cover of DanceSpirit. In the summer of 2010 Alexa traveled to NYC and was a principal dancer in the off Broadway show, “Beneath the Surface” and a solo dancer in a music video for Kyle Patrick. Soon after, she decided she was ready to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dream career as a dancer. Since then she has performed in commercial work, on television, and done various stage performances from Contemporary to Burlesque. Alexa is also a passionate teacher of dance (at the renowned Millennium Dance Complex) and is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. Above all else, Alexa continues to be an avid student of movement, confident that being authentic and driven will keep her traveling forward on the road to success. Kaitlyn Conley was born inMemphis. 18-year old Kaitlyn Conley is making the exciting transition from award-winning, nationally recognized dancer to professional carreer. Extensively trained in all styles of dance, Kaitlyn is currently working as a demonstrator with JUMP (the best dance convention on the planet!) and was recently signed with Bloc Agency inLos Angeles. KK, as she is affectionately called by her friends and family is also teaching master classes and setting choreography for up-and-coming competition dancers. This past summer, Kaitlyn was a featured performer at the Capezio Fashion Show at the Dance Teacher Summit inNew York City, where she also danced in pieces choreographed by Teddy Forance and Dana Metz. Kaitlyn received her early training at top studios inTennesseeandFlorida, including Studio B inMemphisand Mary Jo’sPerformingArtsAcademyandAmericasBalletSchoolinTampa. Kaitlyn has by many wonderful and inspirational teachers particularly Natasha Louis, who has trained and choreographed for Kaitlyn since she was 13. At age 15, she moved toPheonix,Arizonawhere she continues to train atMasterBalletAcademyand assists the dancers at Initial Existence Dance Company, an award-winning competition group she danced with in their inaugural season.
Jaimie Goodwin grew up in Virginia Beach,VA where she trained at Denise Wall's Dance Energy in tap, ballet, contemporary/lyrical, jazz, musical theater, and flamenco. She has appeared on tv in commercials and as a top ten finalist on SYTYCD. She hit the big screen as a principal dancer in High School Musical 3, can be seen on numerous episodes of Dancing With the Stars both as a guest performer an...
d dancing for artists such as Annie Lennox and Adele. She also appeared on the 82nd Academy Awards as a featured dancer with the LXD. She joined Rasta Thomas and The Bad Boys of dance on several European tours, and continued to work with tours as assistant choreographer for both the Kylie Minogue and Miley Cyrus world tour. She is pleased to have recently appeared in a role and as a dancer in the new movie Rock Of Ages, appeared in Shawn Hookloff’s premiere music video “Every Red Light”, had a reoccurring role on the third season of “Glee”, had the honor of being an Allstar on SYTYCD season 8, starred in Teddy Forance’s dance documentary “Misery Loves Company (premiering in Oct. 2012), is one of the two female cast members in the new reality series “All The Right Moves”, and has jointed the new dance company Shaping Sound. She also continues to travel and teach around the country.
Talia Favia is currently on staff for Motive8 dance convention and The In10sive. She continues to train and work with leading artists in Los Angeles and her national award winning choreography has put her in high demand across the U.S. and Canada. Most recently, Talia was assistant choreographer to Blake McGrath on SYTYCD Canada. Talia auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 and was put straight through to Las Vegas callbacks. She has been a behind the scene presence for Season 7 SYTYCD and had the privilege to assist Mia Michaels with her Emmy award winning pieces “Bitter Earth” and “When We Dance” in addition she was assistant choreographer for Tyce Diorio for the entire season. Talia was an invitee and attendee to Brian Freidman’s intensive for three consecutive years. She received the Pulse Protégé Scholarship two years in a row with “The Pulse on Tour”, which is artistically directed by Brian Friedman and Mia Michaels. Talia received the prestigious title of 2009/2010 Elite Advanced Pro Protégé with the Pulse on Tour.  While assisting such artists as Wade Robson, Laurie Ann Gibson, Dave Scott, Chris Judd on the tour she also assisted Brian Friedman with selecting dancers, rehearsing and setting his choreography in each city for the fashion show. In addition, he selected Talia to direct in his absence. Ivan Koumaev is in an elite group; at 24, he is one of the most sought-after pro Dancers working in Television & Film, today. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE's camp hails him as their lead dancer & co-choreographer. Currently, he lead dances for USHER, JUSTIN BIEBER, JASON DERULO, & CHRIS BROWN (including his latest videos & recent Award Show appearances). Unique for his stature as a lead dancer, he is currently also a professional choreographer, working with THE BACKSTREET BOYS (for their current International & Domestic tour), as well as legendary superstars The Jacksons, for their upcoming International Tour. And... IVAN was just asked to join MADONNA as Lead Dancer for her World Tour. As a finalist on "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE" 6 years ago, he was selected for their elite Celebrity Tour, during which ELLEN DEGENERES 'kidnapped' IVAN and dubbed him 'her favorite' on her hit TV show. In fact, it was ELLEN who helped introduce him to TIMBERLAKE's camp... IVAN continues to be a frequent Guest on ELLEN, appearing a month ago on her Birthday broadcast. IVAN is also 'first lieutenant' / co-choreographer for MARTY KUDELKA, who choreographs for every major recording artist who dances, including: JANET JACKSON, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, BRITNEY SPEARS, & JENNIFER LOPEZ. Currently they are working with THE BACKSTREET BOYS; and IVAN just began conversations with THE VOICE about contributing choreography. A few months ago, IVAN co-created & starred in a Disney Channel special, "MAKE YOUR MARK", which broke ratings records for the night. He is in development with MARK BURNETT PRODUCTIONS ("THE VOICE"), to produce a major Network Dance series built around IVAN's on-camera hosting & dance skills. He has successfully crossed over into on-camera acting. He costars in the upcoming ROCK OF AGES with Tom Cruise. He is repped by Bloc for Dance & Choreography, and Defining Artists for Theatrica Todd Shanks is Currently on Faculty at Steps on Broadway in NYC, Todd Shanks has been featured in Dance, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and Dancer Magazines. As a performer Todd has danced in music videos, commercials, industrials and television programs including, "The Electric Company", Kimberly Clark, "The View", Volvo, Ford Motors, Race for the Cure, Wrigley's, Paramount Pictures, "Good Day NY", Lance Armstrong Foundation, Pilsen Beer, the United Way, UFO Jeans, 1010 WINS, Hope and Heroes, and the Lyme Disease Foundation. On stage he has performed with Synthesis Dance Project, Jette Performance Company, The Westchester Philharmonic, SDCF Dance Break, and the 2006 Miss Florida Pageant. His choreography was recently seen in a commercial for BIC "Soleil" Razors and on ice for the opening number of "Stars, Stripes and Skates" staring 3-time National ice skating champion Johnny Weir. His choreography has also been featured on "The View", ABC Nightly News, The MSG Network, NY1, CW 11, and at NYC's Carnival, Steps on Broadway's Faculty in Performance, the 2007 Yankee FanFest and "The Game is in Us" (a Nike spec commercial). Todd has taught for the University of Florida, the Ailey Extension, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Masters of America, Dance New Amsterdam, Florida Dance Masters and many private dance studios throughout the United States. He currently teaches at Steps on Broadway, The Dalton School, The School at Steps, and on tour with Manhattan Dance Project, Celebrity Dance Competitions and State Dance Championships. Mallauri Esquibel a native of Colorado moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17, right away started working with choreographers such as Tina D’Amato, Mark Meismer, Doug Caldwell, and Brian Friedman. Mallauri was a principle dancer for Mark Meismers professional company Evolution where she worked along side Dee Caspary, Justin Giles, Jason Parsons, and Liz Imperio. She then moved to Utah to be a featured dancer in the well respected company Odyssey Dance Theater, where she did shows in Utah, as well as a week at the Ailey center in New York City, a European tour, and had the opportunity to perform at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Mallauri has assisted Tyce Diorio on Season 2-9 of So You Think You Can dance. Can also be seen dancing on Dancing with the stars, Jimmy Kimmel, Good Morning America, VH1 Divas, Glee, House, Bones, Warren the ape, Cold Case, High school Musical 1, 2 and 3.  She is the featured ballerina in the remake of the legendary 80′s movie FAME. She was also the animated body double for the princess and the frog for Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. She has danced for Artists such as Paula Abdul, Joss Stone, Jordin Sparks, The Gypsy Kings, Florence and the Machine, and Leona Lewis. She toured around the world with AR Rahman, and the opportunity to perform with him for his win of the Nobel Peace Prize. Mallauri was a featured ensemble as well as dance captain for the Broadway musical “Wonderland” choreographed by Marguerite Derricks. She had the opportunity to featured on the cover of the December issue of Dance spirit. She recently finished the 1st national tour of the Frank Sinatra show “Come Fly Away” choreographed by Twyla Tharp. You can see Mallauri as a series regular on the ABC family TV series “Bunheads” as well as dancing in the new movie “Behind the Candleabra” Starring Michael Douglass and Matt Damon. She was also cast as one of the principle dancers for the remake of Dirty Dancing that has recently been postponed. She is anxiously waiting to get back into the studio with Mr. Kenny Ortega. Mallauri is currently on the RED world tour with Taylor Swift. Although Mallauri loves being on the stage her heart is in teaching. Her knowledge of training and technique has taken her around the US, Canada, Japan, Germany and London. Andrew Winghart began dancing at the age of 6 at his local studio, and started seriously training at the age of 9 with Accent on Dance Studios in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After training and competing at conventions nationwide throughout high school, he moved to LA to pursue a dance career while also studying at the University of Southern California on a full academic scholarship. Since moving to Los Angeles he has performed for Justin Giles' "SoulEscape" and Erica Sobol's "collidEdance." Andrew was lucky enough to debut his work on the Carnival stage in February 2011 to which the Industry Voice Newsletter described his work as "monumental, genius, technical, ridiculous, prodigious, gigantic, etc." A two-time Capezio A.C.E. Awards finalist, he also has assisted on So You Think You Can Dance, choreographed a performance for Kevin Stea, and was recently featured in Dance Magazine. Jaci Royal, originally from Phoenix, moved to New York in 2005 as a scholarship recipient of Broadway Dance Center's Professional Program. Under the direction of Wes Veldink, she trained with top teachers and  choreographers in the industry. Upon graduating the program, she continued working with Wes, performing in his company The Wes Veldink Movement and assisting him throughout the country and Europe. During her time in NY she taught at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She has worked on projects including Reebok Industrials, PULSE Nationals, co-choreographing for the Steps Ensemble, assisting choreographer Brian Friedman, and directing and choreographing the annual Capezio Fashion Show. Last year she assisted on a music video and promo tour for pop singer, Ashlyne Huff and Country Strong, a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. Recently,  she choreographed a music video for an upcoming country artist, Margaret Durante. As a result of being a finalist in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in 2009, she was able to share her work on a New York City Broadway stage last summer. Her instruction and movement encourages dancers to connect with the music, explore the self, and awaken the imagination. Lauren Adams was featured in the original musical Falco in Vienna Austria.  She was also a member of IV Dance Company, and Jason Parsons’ Parsons Dance Project, with which she performed in The New York/Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea. Most recently she performed at the Festival Des Arts in Montreal with ASH Contemporary Dance Company.  Her choreography has been showcased in Terpsichoreal in Los Angeles, as well as in festivals in Prague, Czech Republic, and Tropea, Italy. Her work has also been presented at the 2004 Jazz Dance World Congress, as well as The 25th Anniversary Gala of the Jackson International Ballet Competition. In NYC, she has been a contributing Choreographer for Broadway Underground, Pushing Progress and several DRA events including: Fire Island Dance Festival, and Dancing at the Crossroads. Lauren was also the founding Senior Music Editor of movmnt magazine.  She conceived, choreographed, and produced the show Moving Still, presented at the Harry De Jur Playhouse in NYC. A photography book of the same name was inspired by the show, and published by e-maprod shortly thereafter. For more information visit Lauren has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and The Juilliard School in NYC. Lisette-Bustamante3Lisette Bustamante began her entertainment career straight out of high school, and in the years since she’s worn a number of professional hats, including dancer, choreographer, artistic director, songwriter, music video director and movement coach. She’s danced alongside superstars such as Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and Usher on stages all over the globe, and has choreographed for Pink, Prince, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. She’s been featured in commercials for Gap, Pepsi, Pringles, iPod and Sprite, and has choreographed for film and television, with credits including supervising choreographer on America’s Best Dance Crew. Four years ago, Bustamante and her longtime creative partner, Chonique Sneed established Creating Opportunities, a mentoring company that offers classes, seminars and other programs for young dancers, singers and choreographers. You can catch Lisette as a mentor to talent of all kinds on AMC’s “SHOWVILLE”, where each week she coaches small town talent and works with them to be the best they can be and help them achieve their lifelong dreams. With over 15 years experience in the arts, entertainment and music world, her approach is to give people the permission to express themselves, live a life they love and have a great time doing it! Kayla Kalbflesich began her training in dance at the age of eight, in Las Vegas.  At eleven years old, she obtained her first dance job working for the Radio City Music Hall in their Christmas Spectacular Show as “Clara”.  In years after, she competed on the TV show Star Search, and won titles at both West Coast Dance Explosion and New York City Dance Alliance.While in college, Kayla worked as an assistant for West Coast Dance Explosion and Jump, and was chosen to teach on WCDE Australian tour.  Kayla was also a part of Liz Imperio’s dance company, Live Instincts, and performed at the Jazz World Congress in Chicago.After Graduating from UCSD with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Kayla got representation by Clear Talent agency in Los Angeles. She was selected as a main dancer on the ABC TV pilot Grace, choreographed by Mia Michaels. Kayla has also been seen on American Idol dancing for Rihanna, and back-up dancing for various contestants on America’s Got Talent. She got the opportunity to be one of the ten female dancers on XFactorUSA for the full 2011 season, under the direction of Brian Friedman. Recently, she had the honor of working with Shaping Sounds in their performances on stage, TV  “All The Right Moves”, and Dancing With The Stars. She has also been an assistant choreographer on multiple performances So You Think You Can Dance season 9. She enjoys teaching/choreographing and sharing her love for the art of dance. Chaz Buzan grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona where he trained at Arizona Angels Dance Studio.  He began his dance education just 7 years ago, studying primarily in Jazz before finding his true passion for contemporary style and movement. Chaz’s early contemporary training came from his time with Dana Metz and Natasha Louis at Initial Existence. Chaz has performed at various competitions and other special events over the years including The PULSE On Tour where he began assisting Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, and other members of the faculty. His performance credits include Cirque du Soleil’s “Believe,” Florence + the Machine’s MTV VMA performance, Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” Music Video, Demi Lovato on “Dancing with the Stars” and he recently was a principal dancer in the television pilot for “Grace” choreographed by Mia Michaels. Kevin Maher was born in Hollywood, California. He moved to New York at the age of 18 to pursue his passion for Arts and Education. His training included: Culture Shock NY, La Santa Luz Dance Company and Rhapsody the Company with focal studies at Broadway Dance Center, Djoniba Dance Center and PeriDance Center. Some professional dance credits include the movie You Got Served and performing with such major artists’ as Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. Kevin’s love for dance soon developed into a love of Choreography and a strong passion for teaching. Having taugh at such prestigious institutions at Edge PAC, Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio, Millenium Dance Complex and Broadway Dance Center (NY and Tokyo), Kevin’s teaching credibility is respected world wide. Choreography credits include Live Stage Shows, Music Videos and Tours for Carly Rae Jepson, New Kids On The Block, Britney Spears, Justin Beiber, Mariah Carey, Big Time Rush, The Wanted, Jason Derulo, Dancing With The Stars, X-Factor and America’s Got Talent. Creative Director credits include the latest New Kids On The Block “The Package Tour” and Big Time Rush’s “Summer Break Tour”. You can catch Kevin, his classes, and his Choreography on the road with Monsters Of Hip Hop and Hollywood Vibe. Matthew Peacock began his training in Coram, New York, under the direction of Michelle Ferraro and, after only one year, performed at Madison Square Garden as a “New York Knicks City Kids Dancer.” In 2005, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dance career. Peacock has performed on “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “American Idol,” “GLEE,” “90210,” “The Grammys,” “The American Music Awards,” and “Two and a Half Men,” and in numerous films such as Alvin and the ChipmunksThe Bratz MovieSemi-Pro, and Camp Fred. In 2008 he moved to Las Vegas to perform as a soloist with Cirque du Soleil in “The Beatles LOVE”. Currently residing in Los Angeles, his choreography has appeared on television shows such as “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and “The Brenda Hampton Project II.” He has also assisted Justin Giles on “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 8.  Currently, Matthew is touring the world dancing “Gangnam Style” for PSY, soon after touring the U.S. and Europe with Odyssey Dance Theatre performing the works of Justin Giles, Derryl Yeager and Mia Michaels. He is a principal dancer, as well as the assistant director of SoulEscape Dance Company under the direction of Justin Giles. Matthew is also a member of Peter Chu’s company, chuthis.  


 Chelsea Thedinga grew up in Las Vegas and trained at Inspire Dance Company. In Los Angeles she danced for Tayeh Dance and Bill Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective and assisted choreographers on “So You Think You Can Dance” which led to performance opportunities on The Academy Awards, The American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, “Glee”, “America’s Got Talent”, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think Can Dance”. Chelsea has toured North and South America dancing for Latin artist Chayanne’s No Hay Imposibles Tour. Recently, Chelsea performed with Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion Dance Company and with Shaping Sound on “All the Right Moves”. She teaches dance and choreography at elite dance studios around the country.                

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